2/9 Donkey sanctuary, Devon

a donkey at the donkey sanctuary devon

Donkeys are famously friendly animals and they love to meet new people. There are hundreds of donkeys at the Sidmouth sanctuary. Discover their personalities and learn the stories of how they ended up at the sanctuary. The owners ask that you don’t feed the donkeys, but feel free to bring treats and which staff will pass along.

When you’re not admiring the animals, you can enjoy some of the other activities on offer such as walking trails, family treasure hunts and guided tours. The sanctuary also has a nature centre, set within costal woodland, bursting with wildlife for the kids to explore. At the centre the kids can keep a record of the different trees, look under the rocks and logs to see what hides beneath. There are also plenty of family amenities on site, with baby changing areas, and restaurants and café.

The sanctuary is holding its summer fair on 18 August and it promises to be a fun day with live music, fun games, face painting and donkey grooming. The event is free but it is a good idea to give them a call if you are interested, because spaces are limited.

The Donkey Sanctuary aims at transforming the quality of life for these amazing animals, and their good work does not stop in Devon. They have sanctuaries all over the UK, so regardless of where you are, there is no excuse not to pay these furry friends a visit.

Opening times: Mon- Fri 8.30am-4.30pm

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